Spring practices are less than a month away and we're taking a look at the major battles ahead in the months to come. Quarterback, linebacker, defensive end and offensive tackle will be the headline attractions.
But there are several positions looking to replace departing starters....[details]
2005 (Junior): Played in all 12 games at right tackle and started eight, including the last eight in a row ... got the nod in the opener, then worked in a reserve role in games two through four before regaining the starting spot ... had only two penalties and gave up just one sack.
2004 (Sophomore): Saw action in six games as a backup tackle.
2003 (Freshman): One of the top reserves along the offensive line ... started the opener at left tackle, then worked as a reserve in 11 of the last 12 games.
2002 (Redshirt): Redshirted.
Personal: In High School - A three-year starter ... versatile player who started at six different positions during his high school career ... All-State by the Oklahoma Coaches Association ... accounted for 68 tackles and eight sacks during his senior season in addition to two interceptions and two blocked punts ... also played quarterback his senior season with 627 rushing yards, 754 passing yards and 12 touchdowns ... finished his junior year with 69 tackles, 11 sacks, two blocked punts and one blocked kick ... started in basketball and baseball and was a member of the golf team ... coached by Todd Hudson.
The Wrapup - Son of Richard and Marcia Messner ... born: Oct. 9, 1983 ... major: university studies.